This Hotel Wasn’t Exactly Lying When They Said They Had a ‘Pool Area’

In 2001 a Hooters restaurant in Panama City ran a contest for their waitresses. The one who sold the most beer would win a Toyota. At least that’s what the manager said, or what the waitresses thought they had heard.

When Jodee Berry was announced as the winner she was led out into the parking lot of the restaurant in a blindfold. The blindfold was removed and she found her prize waiting for her: a Toy Yoda. She quit her job and sued the franchisee, eventually settling for an amount that allowed her to visit the local Toyota dealership and pick out her choice of vehicle.

Johnoplata shared his experience with a hotel that claimed to have a ‘pool area’ and it turned out to be this: (HT: Paul H)

My hotel’s “pool area” from r/mildlyinfuriating

I wonder whether Johnoplata would be able to put a swimming pool in their own back yard? And whether that pool would be shaped like Yoda?

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  1. Vaguely funny perhaps to those in on the joke. But on another level it’s quite despicable, reflecting contempt for workers in the manner of Trump/Weinstein. I’m glad she won and hope she enjoys the new car.

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